Every country breeds people who aren't the most educationally gifted. We need these people in society to do various jobs that others aren't keen on, whether that's a trade or collecting our bins or picking up glasses in nightclubs. But in Australia, we like to vote them into government.
NSW backs crackdown on negative betting
THE minister responsible for gambling in NSW, George Souris, has thrown his support behind a crackdown on ''negative exotic betting'' over the internet, which the state government believes is threatening the integrity of professional sport.
Responding to comments by the new Minister for Sport, Graham Annesley, in his inaugural speech in the NSW Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Souris said he was determined to pursue a solution at a meeting of state and federal ministers later this month.
Mr Souris said the government wanted to ''promote, with the Commonwealth, a need for a national agreement with all the states so … compliance can be achieved across the board''
The federal Sports Minister, Mark Arbib, and state and territory sports ministers agreed in February, before the change of government in NSW, to develop a national framework to detect and deter match-fixing incidents.
The independent senator Nick Xenophon is drafting a bill that would ban ''exotic'' sports betting.
At the same time, the NSW Law Reform Commission is receiving submissions on its review of ''Cheating at Gambling''.
However, Mr Souris stressed that the state government wanted to specifically target ''negative'' exotic betting.
''The bet that I'm talking about is a negative bet [which] says that [a player] will not kick more than three goals today. That means he will possibly deliberately miss the fourth goal. That's the potential risk.''
Read more via the link.
Seriously, how bloody thick do you have to be to not understand the concept that every bet to win also is a bet (for every other option) to lose?
If you bet on Frankel to win the 2000 Guineas, you wanted every horse in the race to lose.
If you bet on the Queen to wear a yellow hat to the wedding, you wanted every colour in her wardrobe to not be chosen.
If you bet on Middlefart (yes, that's a real team) to win their Denmark 2nd Division West match against Skovbakken tomorrow, you are betting on Skovbakken to lose.
It makes zero difference whether these bets are placed with Betfair, a tote pool or Dodgy Bob in the corner of your local pub. If you are buying something, somebody else has to be selling - it's exactly the same principle.
If you are the Minister for Gambling, you should be able to understand such blatantly simple concepts!